Honest Hutch (1920)

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Even though he's a lazy, worthless bum, Hutch (Will Rogers) is a truly likable guy -- maybe that's why his wife Sary (Mary Alden) is willing to support him and their six kids. When he finds fifty thousand dollars, he knows he can't spend a cent of it without drawing suspicion (being permanently jobless, Hutch never has a cent on him). So he decides to go to work for the first time in his life. And since the money he found is in thousand dollar bills, he has to do something big, so he offers to turn around a failing farm. The money, of course, turns out to be from a bank robbery and the crook finally comes around and steals it back. But by then it doesn't matter because Hutch has become a productive member of society and found that he rather likes it that way. Will Rogers had great support in this earthy comedy -- others in the cast include the always-excellent Tully Marshall and Nick Cogley. It was based on a Saturday Evening Post story, "Old Hutch Lives Up to It," by Garret Smith.